Archive for April, 2010

Our Commitment to Our Earth

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The Eye Help Animals Litter Crew

Eye Help Animals – First Trash Pick-up

Today we did our first 2-miles on our road trash pick-up commitment for Eye Help Animals. It took us about 5 hours and we collected 23 bags of trash. The weather cooperated and the black flies made their spring appearance to show their support for our efforts.

Jim took one side of the road and I took the other. We’ve committed to repeat this process three more times this year. I imagine it won’t take as long or be as strenuous and we will have members of the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project helping us.  I think this time was the hardest because we picked up trash on sections of the road where, very possibly, trash had never been picked up before.

One thing I thought about during those long 5 hours was how it seens to me that the people who don’t litter are the ones who are picking it up.  I guess because it bothers us and we respect and love our planet and believe it should be clean and cared for.  I imagine if litter bothered the people who do it, they wouldn’t do it!  Even as we were picking up the trash, people littered where we had just picked up!  We had signs clearly posted, so to witness that behavior is sad and I can only pity them and hope one day they will come to value this one planet that we have.

Needless to say we were exhausted when we finished and couldn’t wait to take showers.  I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next time, but I do drive down the road with a great sense of pride in a job well done!

Being Kind to All Living Things

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Red Fox Alert - original painting by cofounder DJ Geribo

Killing for Skins

One summer, when I was around eight years old, my mother took my siblings and I on a train ride to visit her parents in Utah. We also visited her sister in Utah, another sister in Nevada, and a brother who lived on a farm in Idaho. The farm was my favorite place and although this uncle was likely the poorest financially, I have the fondest memories of our week-long visit with him and his family.

One memory that stands out for me is the day my uncle took us to the mink farm where he worked. There were rows and rows of these small weasel type animals locked in cages and I was a little afraid of them when my uncle showed us the bites and scratches on his farm-worn hands. “Vicious” is the word my uncle used to describe the furry critters.

Years later I remembered his description and when I thought about the mink coats the skins of these small animals were used for, I thought that I would like to wear one someday. At that point in my life as a young adult, working as a fashion model in Boston, I thought killing foxes to make a fur coat was barbaric and I would never wear one. But I would wear a mink since these animals were not only vicious but they were bred specifically to kill and skin to make fur coats for those who could afford the expensive and beautiful wraps.

And now, many years later, after learning even more about animals, their plight in life, and how barbaric man can be to all animals, domestic and wild alike, I fight back tears every time I think about the small defenseless minks, locked in tiny cages on death row. I, too, would fight and bite anyone who had locked me in a tiny cage where I waited to die.

When I think about these animals, all animals who are used and abused for our pleasure, comfort, warmth, or any countless other reasons, I believe that we all have an inborn instinct to fight for our lives. From the tiny minks, to the harp seals, to the Bengal tigers, they all want to live the lives they were put here to live and have as much right as any human to do just that.

If we could only learn to appreciate and understand this and learn to live with them and see their true value on earth, their interconnectedness to us, I believe we would all live a richer and more balanced existence.

Earth Day’s 40th

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. DJ and I had much to celebrate but we know there’s still so much that needs to be done.

We happened to watch a television program on our local PBS station titled “Earth Days” and realized that it is people just like us who will ultimately succeed in creating the world we want to live in.  It was strikingly obvious in the program that every U.S. President since the mid sixties has talked about the need for environmental policies, but the record shows that it’s usually individuals and small groups of concerned citizens who are the driving force behind adopting and strengthening our environmental laws.

The recent international conference in Copenhagen demonstrates that governments are almost powerless to effect any real change because they can not agree on what needs to be done in any meaningful way.  However, concerned individuals – regardless of their nationality – can take action now and not wait for any international consensus.

DJ and I do everything we can to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  We care for the land we are fortunate enough to own and do everything possible to protect and minimize our impact on the local wildlife that shares our land with us.  And, we do our best to inspire others and look for ways to raise their awareness of the impact their decisions have on our planet’s wildlife and habitat.  We realize that not everyone agrees with our personal philosophy and that’s OK.  We believe there are many who do share our vision for living a life that’s in harmony with nature instead of living a life that’s disconnected from nature.

And, it’s people like this that play a large part in how we are…

"Saving Wildlife Together"!

The Owl Box

Friday, April 9th, 2010

A good friend of ours sent DJ and e-mail with a link to a video feed. It’s an amazing project that has provided us with inspiration, education, and entertainment. How cool is that?! And, the people doing it are just plain wonderful. ( Viewing Advisory: As with all carnivorous wildlife, feeding time can be graphic. But, you don’t have to watch if you don’t want to!

Thanks to Sylvia, one of our SWaT Team Members, for sending us the original link to Donna and Carlos Royal’s “The Owl Box”

Happy Springtime!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

To celebrate spring’s arrival, we’re having another special contest! We’ve hidden some daffodils somewhere on our website!

Be one of the 1st 100 people to send us an e-mail with the location where you found the daffodils on our website and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win the Wildlife Eye Collectible Pin of your choice! Send your entry to: contests @

NOTE: These are NOT the daffodils you’re looking for! There’s another bunch hidden on our website!

The contest will run until midnight on April 17th and we’ll announce the lucky winner right here in a post in our Through Our Eyes blog!

Happy springtime!

DJ & Jim